In A Vase On Monday – Going Native

IMG_7097For this week’s vase, I’ve used only wildflowers picked from our fields and woods that are native to the northeastern U.S.

Asters have come abundantly into bloom (we have more than half a dozen different species), of IMG_7102which I’ve chosen three: white wood (Eurybia divaricata), calico (Symphyotrichum lateriflorum) and sky blue (Symphyotrichum oolentangiense). 

IMG_7101Orange and yellow jewelweed (Impatiens capensis and I. pallida) provide dots of warm color along with sprigs of goldenrod (Solidago sp.) and the last of the bright yellow daisies of woodland sunflower (Helianthus divaricata), which are going to seed, to the delight of the goldfinches and chickadees.

IMG_7106A few stems of white snakeroot (Eupatorium rugosum) and purple spikes of pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata) contrast nicely with the yellow and orange. Swords of evergreen Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) provide a nice foliage accent. The clear glass vase once belonged to my grandmother.

IMG_7098Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden,  who hosts a weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens by creating arrangements to enjoy inside our homes.

Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week. Feel free to join in, sharing your own weekly vase with a link to Cathy’s blog.

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81 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Going Native

  1. Beautiful, Eliza. I love the wildflowers this time of year. They also give me fair warning that summer is about over, at which time I dig in my heels…but it doesn’t do any good. You know, resisting what is, one never wins. Haha. At least fall is beautiful…a nice buffer between summer and winter.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Mary. Same here, although I’m getting better at recognizing resistance (thank you, E.Tolle) and moving toward acceptance, even if it’s grudging acceptance! 😉

  2. That is one thing nice about natives. They all go together so good. I love they way you have them arranged. Beautiful.

  3. Heather says:

    Beautiful collection of late summer pollen makers 🙂

  4. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    How do you do it? Each week you pull another stunner out of the hat! So impressed that this is all wild flowers too:)

  5. MK says:

    The vase is barely able to contain the bursting bouquet! It gives the feeling of abundance. Nice.

  6. Eliza this vase is stunning…it is huge with those abundant native wildflowers beautifully arranged.

  7. I have always found wildflowers to be stunning. They simply remind me we don’t have to try to hard- things are naturally beautiful.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Indeed, they possess great natural beauty and are a gift to all. Almost as soon as I could walk, I was filling my mother’s vases with them. (I wasn’t allowed to pick the cultivated flowers, 😦 or there’d be none left!)

  8. Jim in IA says:

    That is a beautifully crafted display. During our walks on the trails in our part of town, there are lots of wildflowers everywhere. The ample rains and generally cool summer have allowed strong growth of many species. The jewelweed are really tall this year.

  9. Treah says:

    Wow….really nice bouquet!

  10. Joanne says:

    Another stunning display, Eliza, I don’t know how you come up with so many gorgeous arrangements every week, but I’m so happy to see them. Do you still have any flowers or plants growing during the winter months, or is everything usually covered in snow?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Joanne. Not much happens from the end of Oct. until early April – everything goes dormant. Snow comes in Dec. and stays until the end of March. Winters are way too long in New England!

  11. Kris P says:

    How wonderful to have such a beautiful collection of flowers growing wild around you! The arrangement made me smile as soon as I saw it. I have a few asters but the stems are too short and the flowers too few to do much with.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you Kris! I am blessed with a ton of wildflowers, a lot of it is goldenrod.
      I visited your site and your arrangement this week is so pretty in light and dark pink. Sorry about the raccoon raid, but maybe they took pesky grubs, which is helpful? 😉

  12. Cathy says:

    Hi Eliza, such a beautiful vase again this week! I love wild flowers and it must be wonderful seeing all these in flower nearby so late in the summer.

  13. The native flowers look so earthy and natural. Beautiful arrangement Eliza. 🙂

  14. Hannah says:

    My Goldenrod is finally blooming, but I had to plant it, and I would not be able to find neat wildflowers at this time of year like you have filling your vase so wonderfully. I like the contrast of the purple Pickerelweed, and how great to have an heirloom vase from your grandmother.

  15. Beautiful, as always.

  16. Val Boyko says:

    I love this late summer exuberance Eliza! The smell of our hives has changed with the addition of golden rod and asters. The bees are so busy bringing the last pollen home!

  17. Maria F. says:

    Beautiful colors, wildflowers are so unique!

  18. ladyfi says:

    So very beautiful!

  19. Kathy Sturr says:

    LOVE this wild and beautiful arrangement Eliza! I was just admiring Pickerelweed at the lake yesterday!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Kathy. 🙂 I had extra pickerelweed from my pond that I put down at the river and it is so happy there, blooming well past the ones in my pond. I just had to grab a few for my bouquet. They are so pretty close-up. 🙂

  20. Eliza, this is a lovely bouquet and one that every gardener who enjoys toiling in the soil will enjoy. 🙂

  21. Sharon says:

    What a gorgeous arrangement, Eliza. So much lovelier than any cultivated varieties. It feels very natural and delicate. Why anyone would want something else, I don’t know. The wildflowers are fleeting. Let’s hold on to their beauty for as long as we can. 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Sharon. I’ve always favored the wild look, as it looks so much more natural.
      Are my comments still getting stuck in your spam folder?

      • Sharon says:

        Oh no! I’ll go check right now!

      • Sharon says:

        Yep, I just unspammed three of your comments. Thank you for the alert!

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Phew! Glad you caught them! Akismet erroneously has been putting my comments into spam folders on random sites – it started when they changed the reader, so who knows why? You were on your trip, so I had to wait to tell you once you contacted me. It’s been a pain! 😉 Glad I can get back to giving you kudos! Your trip looked fabulous!

      • Sharon says:

        I wondered where you’d gone. I’m sorry this is happening! Every time they change the reader it seems there are new bugs to work out. I will keep an eye on my spam folder from now on, Eliza. Thanks so much for alerting me to this. And happy (almost) autumn to you. 🙂

  22. Beautiful photos grace your page, Eliza! I love the variety of colors…there is one spot in my yard that I am attempting to grow only Wildflowers…we will see what happens next Spring. I like the writings of E. Tolle also…and Thich Nhat Hahn…they are saving me these days….Thank you for being so kind and faithful to reading my blog…I will try to do the same for you! Blessings!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you so much, Jane. 🙂
      Daily spiritual reading is a must for me, even it is just a quick glance at the daily guide in Science of Mind magazine. It sets a good tone for the day!

  23. Cathy says:

    Oh what an abundance of natural beauty, Eliza – absolutely gorgeous, and they are a timely reminder to all of us to look at ‘wild’ flowers in a different way than we might otherwise do. Thanks for sharing

  24. dorannrule says:

    Your beautiful arrangement is the culmination of my day of gardens. Will be blogging about a visit to Ridgely Gardens in CliftonForge, VA. ‘Tis an amazing place even at this time of year.

  25. Oh, what a stunning vase, Eliza. You’ve found the elegance in those lovely wildflowers. I’m a little jealous that your goldenrod has bloomed already. Ours is in bud, but no color yet. I love how you used the Pickerel weed here! You have shown what is possible for a talented hand and discerning eye and whatever plant materials come to hand. ❤

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks! I cut my teeth while arranging wildflowers! 😉 Always drawn to them. My neighbor tells me I’ve influenced her 7-yr.old (since I first met her at 18-months) to do the same. Music to my ears! Another up and coming nature and plant lover! 🙂

      • It makes all of the effort so worthwhile when we can pass the joy on to a child. There is such movement and energy in the wildflowers. I just love them, too. I used to cut tall grasses from the sides of the road and ditches in autumn to make dried arrangements. I hope your little neighbor has free run of your garden from time to time 😉 I thought of you today while watering. I was holding the hose on a hanging basket almost out of my range- I was standing more than a dozen feet away. A little hummingbird flew up to play in the spray and bathe its wings between sips from the Begonia flowers in the basket. Such a beautiful little fellow, and so happy for the spray of water this very warm morning! Wish you could have seen it playing in the water 😉

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Yes, she comes over and we cut flowers and make arrangements, which she proudly carries home to her mother. Beyond sweet!
        Your visit from the hummer must have felt quite magical. I’ve heard that they will do that but I’ve never seen it, as I rarely have to water (TYG). I just found this on YT, really playful:

      • Thank you, Eliza. You have quite a little protege! How sweet for both of you. The hummers have been all around the last 2 or 3 days. I get a real sense they appreciate the flowers we are keeping available for them- and the sprinkling!

      • Eliza Waters says:

        I’ve been told by a naturalist that our males have already departed, (you might be seeing my little buddy I’ve watched all summer!), the females go next, followed by the juveniles last. Guess they need to boost their reserves, but the flight pattern must be in the DNA. Migration is so fascinating!

      • That is surprising, Eliza, as one might expect them to travel in family groups to be less vulnerable. Migration is fascinating! That would help explain why we are seeing more individual hummingbirds than usual. They must be stopping here for refreshment along their migratory path….

      • Eliza Waters says:

        So it would seem. Imagine those little guys flying thousands of miles. It boggles the mind!

      • yes, It does. But they are so strong for their size! They set up quite a breeze when they fly close! Birds and butterflies always amaze me with their strength, intelligence, and resourcefulness.

  26. Gorgeous bouquet, as always – such a beautiful combination! Mother Nature has really outdone herself with these – and you’ve taken full advantage!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Sarah! I love the wild asters this time of year. Tiny stars. Does Choppy have a flower costume? Being a star in her own right and all. 😉

      • She does have a flower costume! I had forgotten about it until you just mentioned it. Perhaps I will break it out soon and celebrate the return of flowers to the southern hemisphere (and bemoan our soon-to-be-gone ones here!).

  27. Ann Edwards Photography says:

    such a pretty vase, Eliza! I love wildflowers, but am not sure that our native wildflowers are quite as lovely as the ones that you found, but I am inspired to start looking!

  28. WOW! Absolutely beautiful arrangement and nice informative post!

  29. Gillian says:

    I don’t know how I missed this post earlier this week Eliza. This is without doubt THE BEST bunch of flowers I’ve seen in a long time. Simply beautiful.

  30. Anca Tîrcă says:

    An inspiring wild and beautiful bouquet!

  31. Rebecca says:

    Such lovely flowers, Eliza. I love seeing what’s native over in your neck of the woods 🙂

  32. So pleasing to the eyes, Eliza 🙂

    Great use of light 🙂

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